Lady Bulldogs roll, but boys fall
The Cornersville Lady Bulldogs kept their hopes alive for hosting a first round District tournament game by defeating third place Mt. Pleasant 56-45 at home on Friday night to earn a split in the season series with the Lady Tigers.
Mt. Pleasant evened the score in the boys' game, as the Tigers (13-7, 8-2 District) defeated the Bulldogs 67-40 to tighten their grip on second place in the District standings.
Playing their third game in four days, the Lady Bulldogs (7-13, 5-5 District) showed no signs of fatigue early on and inched out to an 11-9 lead in the first quarter with the help of six free throws, a Carson Coble three-pointer, and a basket from Madison Hopkins.
Mt. Pleasant (8-14, 6-4 District) then trimmed the deficit to 25-24 at halftime before outscoring Cornersville 11-7 in the third period to seize a 35-32 advantage.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, came on strong down the stretch and put together a 24-10 run in the fourth quarter behind 11 points from Morgan Terry and seven points from Emma Mitchell to pull out the 11-point victory.
"We were playing half court man-to-man defense for most of the game, but with about three minutes left in the fourth quarter we went to our full court press and started getting some steals," said Cornersville coach Peyton Newton.
Although the Lady Bulldogs remain in fifth place in District 11-A, they moved within one game of Mt. Pleasant in the conference standings.
"This was a big win. I knew we were going to be a little tired, but the girls knew the magnitude that this game could potentially have on our seeding for the District tournament," said Newton.
Terry led three Lady Bulldog players in double figures with 15 points. Mitchell followed Terry with 13 points, while Gabby King added 11 points. Coble also tallied eight points and Hopkins notched six points. Breanne Dunkleman and Hope Taylor rounded out the scoring for Cornersville with two and one point respectively.
India Frierson paced the Lady Tigers with a game high 16 points, while Kaylee Davis and Alyssa Lemay scored 12 and 11 points respectively.
In the nightcap, Mt. Pleasant took charge early and built an 18-11 lead in the first quarter before going on a 19-8 run in the second period to open up a 37-19 advantage at halftime.
After using a 16-8 spurt in the third period to stretch their lead to 53-27, the Tigers outscored the Bulldogs 14-13 in the fourth period to complete the sweep of the season series.
"It was like the Loretto game. We were outmatched and Mt. Pleasant was very athletic. The guys played hard though and I was proud of them for that," said Cornersville coach Gerard Randolph.
Walter Crawford led Mt. Pleasant with a game high 18 points, while Jordan Woodson added 11 points. Brady Gill and Carson Russell tallied 10 points apiece for the Tigers as well.
Kolbe McMahon paced the Bulldogs (1-16, 1-9 District) with seven points, while Zack Smith and David Looney each notched six points. Jamie Crowell and Justin Black also tallied four points apiece, and Cody Caneer and Austin Ridinger both added three points. Brock Powers and Michael Civitello chipped in two points each for Cornersville as well, while Will Vanhooser had one point.